Better, Earlier Breast Cancer Detection for Patients

Sand Lake Imaging Offers 3D Mammogram Technology

Local Partnership with Shepherd’s Hope Continues During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

Sand Lake Imaging is dedicated to spreading Breast Cancer Awareness as a part of our “Get a Mammogram, Give a Mammogram” initiative. #SLICares

ORLANDO, Fla. –  Sand Lake Imaging (SLI), a leader in providing the highest quality Diagnostic Radiology in Central Florida, is proud to announce the use of the Hologic® 3D Mammography™ System, the only technology available to offer the groundbreaking Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam.

“Our mammography provides better, earlier breast cancer detection for patients with results that are significantly more accurate than 2D exams alone, detecting 20-60% more invasive breast cancers than its 2D counterparts,” said Dr. Robert Posniak, women’s specialty radiologist and president of Sand Lake Imaging. “We also reduce callbacks by up to 40%, compared to 2D alone.”

This technology allows Sand Lake Imaging to offer 3D Mammograms with half the radiation of the standard 2D/3D mammogram combination with half the compression time.

Dense breast tissue can make it difficult for doctors to detect breast cancer during annual screenings, which is concerning since women with dense breasts are more likely to develop breast cancer. Studies show that Sand Lake Imaging’s Mammography exam has greater accuracy than 2D mammography for women across a variety of ages and breast densities. It is also FDA approved as superior for women with dense breast tissue compared to 2D, which is beneficial as nearly fifty percent of women between the ages of 40 and 74 have dense breasts.

“Mammography has been shown to save lives and is central to the marked decline in mortality from breast cancer,” said Dr. Posniak. “Sand Lake Imaging strongly encourages women to continue to obtain their annual mammograms beginning at age 40. The newest technology of 3D mammography allows us to identify smaller breast cancers at an earlier stage.”

One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer – the most common cancer among women. Screening mammograms can detect cancer early and help reduce breast cancer mortality. Many women in Central Florida will forgo screenings as a result of cost and/or lack of health insurance. Therefore, for the sixth consecutive year, Shepherd’s Hope and Sand Lake Imaging are partnering to provide free mammograms to women in need through their “Get a Mammogram, Give a Mammogram” initiative held in conjunction with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Throughout the month of October, for each new patient who gets a mammogram at Sand Lake Imaging, the facility will donate a free screening mammogram to an uninsured Shepherd’s Hope patient. Since 2013, Sand Lake Imaging has donated more than a thousand mammograms through this program.

“We are grateful for our longstanding partnership with Sand Lake Imaging that allows Shepherd’s Hope to provide local uninsured women with this essential medical exam at no charge,” said Marni Stahlman, president, and CEO of Shepherd’s Hope. “Shepherd’s Hope provides free primary and secondary medical services to the one in four Central Floridians who are uninsured or underinsured at five health center locations in Central Florida.”

For more information on how to obtain a mammogram, please schedule an appointment or contact any of Sand Lake Imaging’s three facilities.

Sand Lake Imaging is dedicated to providing the highest quality diagnostic radiology to the patients and physicians of Central Florida in a personal, cost-effective, and timely manner. Sand Lake Imaging has three locations throughout Central Florida serving Orlando, Maitland and Lady Lake specializing in diagnostic imaging, nuclear medicine, women’s imaging, and interventional radiology.

 

MEDIA CONTACT | Shanon Larimer | shanon@larimercompany.com | (407) 900-5106

Sand Lake Imaging on 1059 Sunny FM

 

Breast Cancer is the most common diagnosed cancer in women. Many will not get an annual screening because they either can’t afford it or they are anxious about the diagnosis.

Listen to Sand Lake Imaging’s and Shepherd’s Hope’s radio feature on 1059 Sunny FM to learn tips about mammograms including the following:

  • How to overcome the anxiety of a mammogram and a mastectomy
  • What to expect during a mammogram at SLI
  • How you can help uninsured women needing their annual mammogram just by coming to SLI

Remember, you can do something about Breast Cancer if you are proactive. By being proactive and catching cancer early, there’s a 95% chance of survival! Schedule an appointment for your mammography at Sand Lake Imaging!

If you are underinsured or uninsured and are in need, please contact Shepherd’s Hope to schedule your visit.

 

 

Sand Lake Imaging in Orlando Business Journal

Article by Cindy Barth  – Editor, Orlando Business Journal 

Saving lives: This local initiative helps low-income women get free mammograms

Five years ago, after a succession of uninsured female patients came to Shepherd’s Hope Inc. for their health care needs and indicated they hadn’t had a mammogram in several years, Marni Stahlman decided to look for a way to help.

The CEO of the Orlando-based nonprofit organization — which provides free primary and specialty care medical services to the uninsured — approached Dr. Robert Posniak, president of Sand Lake Imaging, about creating a unique one-for-one partnership: For each new patient who gets a mammogram at Sand Lake Imaging during the month of October, the facility would donate a free mammogram screening to one of the Shepherd’s Hope patients.

Today, Shepherd’s Hope has ordered 2,203 mammograms for its female patients, in addition to helping 879 others get more involved diagnostic mammograms after their initial screenings. The nonprofit also has had a similar relationship with Florida Hospital and its mobile mammogram unit for about six years.

Beyond the nearly $1.3 million value of the partnership, the more important impact is it’s been lifesaving for many, Stahlman told Orlando Business Journal: “One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, but for those who are uninsured, this lifesaving procedure is far from reach. We’ve done 480 screening mammograms so far this year, and of that total, 239 needed further diagnostic attention.”

Dr. Robert Posniak agreed to partner with Shepherd’s Hope back in 2013

In fact, breast cancer is the second-leading cause of death among women of all ages. But for the uninsured, a mammogram often is last on their list of things that need attention due to the cost involved.

Although several health care organizations have very generous offers of $30 mammograms in October, many women still are unable to juggle that cost with other basic needs, Stahlman said.

As a result, many uninsured women forgo their annual mammogram — a procedure designed to detect breast cancer early and help reduce mortality.

Skipping a mammogram can be a critical mistake, Posniak said, because a routine annual screening mammography for an average-risk woman beginning at age 40 has saved lives. “And it gives more treatment options — if diagnosed early,” Posniak said.

The need for early detection and a wider array of treatment options is something near and dear to Stahlman’s heart. Her mother battled breast cancer successfully, but it recurred when she was 73, leaving her to fight the battle once again. Stahlman’s sister also had breast cancer.

“As you can imagine, breast cancer is very personal to me,” Stahlman told OBJ. “And [getting a mammogram] is something so easy to do, yet it’s also easy to forget. We want to make sure these women don’t forget.”

Stahlman of Shepherd’s Hope (on right) supporting SLI Pink October 2018 with the Believe Scarf

Part of the reason women are being remiss about getting mammograms is due to conflicting information about the best age to start, said Dr. Lynda Frye, a radiologist/breast imaging specialist at Sand Lake Imaging. But with 21 percent of all breast cancer cases occurring before the age of 50, “you want to make sure you’re paying attention. At age 40, you’re at an average risk, which is why you should have a mammogram every year after that,” she said.

After all, a breast cancer diagnosis not only has financial and health implications for the individual, it also has serious workplace ramifications.

The National Business Coalition on Health estimated cancer’s annual cost for U.S. employers on medical care and lost productivity to be about $264 billion. That doesn’t take into account the after effects from chemotherapy and other factors that make it difficult for those dealing with the disease to work regular hours and keep up a regular schedule many times.

That’s why Stahlman gets excited when she shares results of the program. In its first year, 200-plus women got free screenings. By 2017, 480 women were helped through the partnership, and that number already has matched this year to date, Stahlman said.

Stahlman concludes, “What you find can be lifesaving. It’s one of the most important things a woman can do for her personal health.”

Dr. Lynda Frye, a radiologist/breast imaging specialist at SLI, suggests that women over 40 have a mammogram every year. (Photo Credit Jim Carchidi)

Click here to read the full article on Orlando Business Journal

This Pink October, Be the Difference

Sand Lake Imaging is partnering with Shepherd’s Hope for their sixth consecutive year to raise Breast Cancer Awareness.

Sand Lake Imaging is dedicated to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of Breast Cancer which is why we are kicking off this Pink October by partnering with Shepherd’s Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to providing access to health care for the uninsured. Throughout the entire month of October, we are giving free mammograms to local, uninsured women when new patients get a mammogram at any of our facilities through our “Get A Mammogram, Give a Mammogram” initiative.

Since starting this program in 2013, Sand Lake Imaging has donated more than a thousand mammograms to women in need.

In addition to partnering with Shepherd’s Hope to help local, uninsured women receive mammograms, Sand Lake Imaging wants to encourage women to obtain their annual mammograms beginning at age 40. To show our appreciation to all our patients for choosing Sand Lake Imaging, we are also giving away this beautiful Breast Cancer Awareness scarf to any patient who has a mammogram at any one of our three facilities.

Our Women’s Imaging team is dedicated to meeting your needs and exceeding your expectations. When it comes to Breast Cancer prevention, Sand Lake Imaging is proud to use the Hologic® 3D Mammography™ System, the only technology available to offer the groundbreaking Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam that can detect breast cancer earlier and with HALF the radiation and HALF the compression time, compared to standard mammograms. This October, switch to Sand Lake Imaging to experience 3D mammograms, make a difference, and give a mammogram.

Get into Sand Lake Imaging Today! Schedule your appointment at any of our three facilities during October and we will extend this promotion through December 31st, 2018.

Learn More About Our 3D Mammography

Watch Sand Lake Imaging Featured on WFTV 

The scarf design for patients that receive a mammogram at any one of our facilities throughout the month of October.
Nancy Alvarez (WFTV), Alma Van Der Velde, and Marni Stahlman (from left to right) dressed for Pink October!

Choose 3D Mammogram Technology, Choose Sand Lake Imaging

SAND LAKE IMAGING OFFERS 3D MAMMOGRAM TECHNOLOGY

Local Partnership with Shepherd’s Hope Continues during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

Sand Lake Imaging is now offering the Genius 3D Mammography exam, a more accurate way to screen for breast cancer.

ORLANDO, Fla. – (September 18, 2018) Sand Lake Imaging (SLI), a leader in providing the highest quality Diagnostic Radiology in Central Florida, is proud to announce the use of the Hologic® 3D Mammography™ System, the only technology available to offer the groundbreaking Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam.

“Our mammography provides better, earlier breast cancer detection for patients with results that are significantly more accurate than 2D exams alone, detecting 20-60% more invasive breast cancers than its 2D counterparts,” said Dr. Robert Posniak, women’s specialty radiologist and president of Sand Lake Imaging. “We also reduce callbacks by up to 40%, compared to 2D alone.”

This technology allows Sand Lake Imaging to offer 3D Mammograms with half the radiation of the standard 2D/3D mammogram combination with half the compression time.

Dense breast tissue can make it difficult for doctors to detect breast cancer during annual screenings, which is concerning since women with dense breasts are more likely to develop breast cancer. Studies show that Sand Lake Imaging’s Mammography exam has greater accuracy than 2D mammography for women across a variety of ages and breast densities. It is also FDA approved as superior for women with dense breast tissue compared to 2D, which is beneficial as nearly fifty percent of women between the ages of 40 and 74 have dense breasts.

“Mammography has been shown to save lives and is central to the marked decline in mortality from breast cancer,” said Dr. Posniak. “Sand Lake Imaging strongly encourages women to continue to obtain their annual mammograms beginning at age 40. The newest technology of 3D mammography allows us to identify smaller breast cancers at an earlier stage.”

One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer – the most common cancer among women. Screening mammograms can detect cancer early and help reduce breast cancer mortality. Many women in Central Florida will forgo screenings as a result of cost and/or lack of health insurance. Therefore, for the sixth consecutive year, Shepherd’s Hope and Sand Lake Imaging are partnering to provide free mammograms to women in need through their “Get a Mammogram, Give a Mammogram” initiative held in conjunction with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Throughout the month of October, for each new patient who gets a mammogram at Sand Lake Imaging, the facility will donate a free screening mammogram to an uninsured Shepherd’s Hope patient. Since 2013, Sand Lake Imaging has donated more than a thousand mammograms through this program.

“We are grateful for our longstanding partnership with Sand Lake Imaging that allows Shepherd’s Hope to provide local uninsured women with this essential medical exam at no charge,” said Marni Stahlman, president, and CEO of Shepherd’s Hope. “Shepherd’s Hope provides free primary and secondary medical services to the one in four Central Floridians who are uninsured or underinsured at five health center locations in Central Florida.”

For more information on how to obtain a mammogram, please schedule an appointment or contact any of Sand Lake Imaging’s three facilities.

Sand Lake Imaging is dedicated to providing the highest quality diagnostic radiology to the patients and physicians of Central Florida in a personal, cost-effective, and timely manner. Sand Lake Imaging has three locations throughout Central Florida serving Orlando, Maitland and Lady Lake specializing in diagnostic imaging, nuclear medicine, women’s imaging, and interventional radiology.

 

MEDIA CONTACT | Shanon Larimer | shanon@larimercompany.com | (407) 900-5106

Sand Lake Imaging Featured on Orlando News 6

 

Sand Lake Imaging and Shepard’s Hope have been featured on Channel 6 for the work they have been doing to provide Mammograms to people in need.

For the past five years, Shepherd’s Hope and Sand Lake Imaging have provided free mammograms to hundreds of uninsured or underinsured women in Central Florida.

“It’s so important not to forget about people who are having trouble, underinsured or not insured. Sand Lake Imaging gave 800 mammograms away last year.” – Dr. Lynda Frye, Sand Lake Imaging

This October was different, as the “Get a Mammogram, Give a Mammogram” initiative kicked off weeks after Hurricane Maria left behind devastation for millions of residents of Puerto Rico, including some cancer patients who were in the middle of their treatment when disaster struck.

“And we’re seeing cancer patients who may have just had treatment, or surgical, and now they’re coming over, and while they may have had insurance coverage on the island, they’re not having it transfer here to the states because it’s a particular plan,” said Marni Stahlman, president and CEO of Shepherd’s Hope.

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Should I Worry About Breast Pain?

Breast pain is very common and is usually not because of breast cancer, especially without a lump.

It is not worrisome if the pain involves the whole breast. In one day, I may have 9 out of 10 patients complaining of breast pain. The cause is most often hormonal, usually worse before a period and improving after the onset of menses.  One of the biggest myths about breast health is that coffee will cause cysts, but caffeine and other stimulants such as coffee, tea, and chocolate may make breast pain worse.

Another cause of breast pain may be from an inflamed breast cyst, which can leak fluid into the breast and cause discomfort for about five days. This kind of pain typically resolves on its own.

Wearing a properly fitting bra is important for overall comfort. A well-fitting sports bra may be more comfortable and offer more support than an under-wire bra.

The important thing to remember if you have breast pain is – don’t panic. Generalized pain is quite common and not likely to be a problem. Focal pain without a lump is generally not concerning but if the pain persists, it is a good idea to have your physician check it out.

 

Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Metastatic breast cancer was rarely ever mentioned during the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In the summer of 2009, nine metastatic breast cancer patients, all members of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network, traveled to Washington, D.C. The patients, with their friends and family, urged Senators and House members to designate a day in October as Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. And so, Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day began October 13, 2009.

Metastatic breast cancer (MBC), also known as Stage IV, is breast cancer that spreads out to other places in the body. If the cancer does spread to other parts of the body, it is still considered to be breast cancer. The cancer cells will act and look the same, as well as the treatment. Unfortunately, researchers cannot explain why cancer of any kind metastasizes. There is no cure for cancer as of yet, but the best opportunity for treatment is early detection. Studies show that 20%-30% of patients who find their cancer early will return as a metastasized cancer. Another 8% of new breast cancer cases are found to be metastatic at their initial diagnosis.

People at this stage are likely to be despondent as they feel their lives are coming to an end. However there is hope; this illness can be controlled to allow you to live longer. It is from the need to assure people that they can still live that awareness day was born.Consumer Health Digest

For women diagnosed with localized (Stage 1) breast cancer, there is more than 98% chance that they will survive five or more years. Contact your local Sand Lake Imaging office to schedule your mammogram appointment today.

MBC patients are monitored by periodic imaging tests and are normally tested every 3 months. Tests include…

  • Computerized Tomography scan (CT)
  • Positron Emission Tomography scan (PET)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Blood tests measuring tumor markers
  • Assessment of how the patient is feeling

One of the first tests that can be done, is a mammogram from your Radiologist. Sand Lake Imaging is part of a program with Shepherd’s Hope called Pink October. Schedule a mammogram with your local Sand Lake Imaging office as a NEW PATIENT and a FREE mammogram test will be donated to a woman in need. #pinkoctober

Call Today: (407) 363-2772 and mention code SLI2017.

Dense Breasts

Mammogram of dense breast tissue

What does it mean to have dense breast tissue?

Breasts are made up of a mixture of glandular, fibrous, and fatty tissue. If you have a lot of glandular or fibrous tissue but not much fat, your breasts are considered dense. There is little change in most women, but the density may change as you age.

It is important to know if you have dense breasts. The radiologist who reads your mammogram will determine if you have dense breasts. Breasts density is classified using a 4-level density scale.

The categories are:

  1. almost entirely fatty
  2. scattered areas of fibroglandular density
  3. heterogenously dense
  4. extremely dense

Seen in about forty percent of women, dense breast tissue is normal, however, there is a slightly increased risk of breast cancer. Cancers may be obscured and hidden in dense breasts because the sensitivity of mammography decreases by 15-20% with dense breast tissue. Dense tissue is seen as white on a mammogram, as do lumps whether they are benign or cancerous.

The addition of ultrasound to your annual screening mammogram has been shown to increase cancer detection by over 30% for invasive breast cancers less than 10 mm in size. If you have a family history of breast cancer and dense breast tissue, adding ultrasound and MRI to your annual exam should be strongly considered. Another significant imaging test is the 3D mammogram. It is revolutionizing breast care. The 3D imaging allows our radiologists to see the breast tissue layer by layer, one millimeter at a time. This technology is extremely useful for women with dense breasts.

Yearly mammograms beginning at age 40 are recommended by the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, Society of Breast Imaging, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 3D imaging is recommended for women with dense breasts. Other risk factors that encourage the use of 3D breast imaging are a family history of breast cancer, previous chest radiation treatment for cancer, previous breast biopsies that diagnose you with a higher risk of breast cancer.

Consult your referring physician and make a decision together about whether or not the additional imaging services are right for you and your health history.

Women’s Imaging Radiologist Joins Sand Lake Imaging Team

Sand Lake Imaging is proud to announce Dr. Lynda Frye has joined our team!

Dr. Lynda Frye is new to Sand Lake Imaging and the Orlando area though she is not new to breast imaging. Dr. Frye completed a residency in Radiology at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Southern California. Following that, her breast imaging fellowship was at UCLA in Los Angeles California. Dr. Frye has more than 17 years of breast imaging experience. During her career, she built a state-of-the-art breast imaging center in Southern California before moving to Florida to be closer to her family.

Dr. Frye is passionate about what she does. She believes that it is an extreme honor and privilege to care for another person. Understanding that breast imaging is innately inherent with fear and anxiety she believes part of her role is to help her patients have peace. It is with her experience that even though an unfavorable diagnosis is given, she believes that knowledge is power and that there can be empowerment with understanding. Dr. Frye describes taking care of women who care for so many in their own lives as being incredibly rewarding with experiences that she describes as an incredible experience which she believes has made her into a better person.

When Dr. Frye is not at the office she enjoys spending time with her family. Her two children are in college in Florida and her home although would be considered an empty nest for her and her husband, she still has much to do taken care of her two big dogs, Abigail and Teddy.